LaMelo Ball is one of the most talked-about basketball prospects right now. He is a sure lottery pick in the 2020 NBA draft. There have been questions about where the youngest Ball brother could potentially land.
One basketball analyst believes that Ball could potentially land with the Toronto Raptors if they trade up for a lottery pick. That could mean Kyle Lowry’s time in Toronto could be over.
Is LaMelo Ball ready for the NBA?
Ball has been on numerous NBA scout’s radars the past few years. He recently finished playing over in Australia playing the NBL. There he played at a high-level, which drew NBA teams to go over and see him play.
Ball became the youngest player in NBL history to record a triple-double when he had a career-high 32 points, 13 assists, and 11 rebounds. He averaged 17 points, 7.5 rebounds, and seven assists in 12 games. He displayed a lot of maturity playing against people older than him. His basketball IQ is what makes him stand out from other players in this year’s draft. Ball has the ability to score from anywhere on the court and knows when to make the right pass to his teammates.
Ball will continue to take his game to the next level once he’s in the NBA, and he will also increase his strength, which will help him out a lot. He has the ability to make an immediate impact when he gets into the league. If he can stay healthy his first season in the league, Ball has a chance to win the Rookie of the Year award.
Will LaMelo Ball replace Kyle Lowry in Toronto?
The Toronto Raptors are the reigning NBA champions after stopping the Golden State Warriors from winning a third consecutive title. Kawhi Leonard was a big help to the Raptors in their journey to win their first NBA title. Another person who was a big help was point guard Kyle Lowry. Lowry is currently in his eighth season with the Raptors, and he’s had a lot of success over the years in Toronto.
Basketball analyst Rashad Phillips believes that the Raptors can make a big push to draft Ball, and in that process, Lowry may get traded. Lowry has been named an all-star six times in his career playing in Toronto. He’s averaged 17.6 points and 7.1 assists during his time with the Raptors.
Lowry signed a one-year $31 million extension through the 2020-21 season with the Raptors. The Raptors might be heading in a different direction and focus on pursuing a younger point guard. It will make a lot of sense if the Raptors do make that move to trade up and pursue Ball.
Could LaMelo Ball fit in Toronto?
LaMelo Ball is a global name, and he has not even played in the NBA yet. From the time he was a freshman in high school, he was in the spotlight. If he were to go to Toronto, he would have a big fan base.
Ball could start as a rookie if he lands in Toronto, and Lowry is out of there. The future in Toronto will be bright if Ball plays there. He could be there for a good amount of time. Ball and Pascal Siakam would gel well together. Toronto would have two rising stars on the same team.